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ISBN 0-8126-9630-1
ISBN-13 978-0-8126-9630-1

$34.95 
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343 pages

(Fall 2007)

SciFi in the Mind's Eye

Reading Science through Science Fiction

Edited by Margret Grebowicz
Afterword by Terry Bisson

What does our favorite science fiction tell us about the culture of science? What do stories of cyborg women and genetic engineering show us about how science and values interact and how science and politics affect each other? In SciFi in the Mind's Eye, leading scholars look at the way science fiction informs and inspires contemporary research in science and technology, and how scientific breakthroughs spur authors on to yet more creative science-fiction narratives.

featuring contributions by:

  • STANISŁAW LEM
  • TERRY BISSON
  • L. TIMMEL DUCHAMP
  • NANCY KRESS
  • NICOLA GRIFFITH
  • MARGRET GREBOWICZ
  • EDRIE SOBSTYL
  • HELEN MERRICK
  • JEREMY N. BAILENSON
  • MARTIN PARKER
  • NANCY MCHUGH
  • NAOMI ZACK

Alongside investigations into the meaning of science fiction, SciFi in the Mind's Eye gives us previously unpublished 'interventions' by acclaimed science-fiction authors L. Timmel Duchamp, Nicola Griffith, Nancy Kress, Terry Bisson, and Stanisław Lem.

"A fascinating collection of essays, where-for once!-modern science-fiction novels get the close analysis treatment, alongside the inevitable (but here fresh and interesting) studies of Star Trek politics and the Aliens franchise. Consistently entertaining and illuminating: I particularly liked Margret Grebowicz's introduction, and the investigation of exactly how cyberpunk's ideas and images influenced the development of real-world cyberspace."

—Gwyneth Jones, author of Flowerdust and White Queen

"SciFi in the Mind's Eye shows that science fiction writers and their academic readers think about science fiction in much the same way. For both, the alternative worlds conjured up in science fiction allow deep real-world problems to be treated by recasting the seemingly inevitable as merely contingent, and perhaps even reversible. The book makes a powerful case for science fiction's unique ability to fuel the scientific, philosophical, and political imagination."

—Steve Fuller, author of The Intellectual and Kuhn vs. Popper

Margret Grebowicz is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Goucher College in Maryland. As well as publishing numerous articles in scholarly journals, she is editor of Gender after Lyotard and co-editor of Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan. She is a widely published translator of Ewa Lipska and other contemporary Polish poets, and sings and arranges music for the band Com Você.

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